January 2020

Weiss Records Five Top-5 Finishes in Wild West Shootout

For the third round of the Wild West Shootout on Wednesday night at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona), Ricky Weiss laid down the fastest lap in his time trial group before streaking to an 8-lap heat race victory. Starting the $5,000-to-win A-Main in third, Weiss held his spot for all 30-laps to place 3rd behind Brandon Sheppard and Jimmy Mars with Brian Shirley and Chase Junghans rounding out the Top-5. (Mike Ruefer photo)

Returning on Friday evening, Weiss secured his spot into the A-Main with an 8-lap heat race victory. Receiving the third-starting position via the redraw, Ricky dropped one spot to register a 4th place finish behind Brian Shirley, Brandon Sheppard, and Chris Simpson with Ricky Thornton Jr. coming in 5th.

On Saturday night, Ricky followed up the fastest time in his qualifying group with a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Chase Junghans. Passing three cars in the 30-lap feature, Weiss notched a runner-up finish behind Brian Shirley with Brandon Sheppard, Cade Dillard, and Bobby Pierce trailing them to the checkers.

For the final round of the 14th annual Wild West Shootout on Sunday afternoon, Weiss posted a 3rd place finish in his heat which positioned him ninth on the starting grid for the $15,000-to-win finale. Wheeling his way into a podium spot, Ricky passed six cars to place 3rd behind Brandon Sheppard and Johnny Scott with Brian Shirley and Bobby Pierce completing the Top-5 finishers. (Tom Macht photo)

For more results from this event, please visit www.WildWestShootout.net.

Runner-up Finish in Round Two of Wild West Shootout

Ricky Weiss was one of 46 Super Late Models on hand at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona) on Saturday night for the 14th annual Wild West Shootout opener. Following the third fastest time in his qualifying group, Weiss posted a 3rd place finish in his heat which positioned him 18th on the starting grid for the opening night feature. Breaking into the Top-10, Ricky passed 11 cars in the 30-lap affair to place 7th.

The following night for another $5,000-to-win A-Main, Ricky came in fastest in his time trial group before placing 2nd in his heat race behind Brandon Sheppard. Starting the feature in sixth, Weiss gained four spots to reel in a runner-up finish behind Sheppard with Bobby Pierce, Chase Junghans, and Brian Birkhofer rounding out the Top-5. (Mike Ruefer photo)

For more results from these events, please visit www.WildWestShootout.net.

Weiss Wheels to First Career World of Outlaws Victory at Vado

A World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory is something that has eluded Ricky Weiss for some time. That changed on Saturday night at Vado Speedway in Vado, N.M.

The 31-year-old Canadian driver piloted his Drydene Performance Products No. 7 J&C Properties/ G-Style Transport/ Team Zero Race Cars/ Vic Hill Race Engine Super Late Model to a $5,000 payday in the inaugural Battle at the Border.

“We’ve been really good,” Weiss said. “We were real good last year, and we’ve just been tweaking and tweaking.”

Ricky followed up the fourth fastest lap overall in time trials on Saturday with an 8-lap heat race victory. Starting the A-Main in third, Weiss blasted past teammate Chris Madden on lap 14 and held off a charging Brandon Sheppard late to capture the win. Sheppard, Madden, Darrell Lanigan, and Cade Dillard completed the Top-5 finishers. (Terry Page photo)

“Right before the caution, I knew I could rotate the bottom a little bit better than [Madden],” Weiss explained. “I knew we needed to get down there, and then the caution came out and I knew the next challenge was to beat Sheppard [running third] into the [first] corner [on the restart]. If we could do that, I felt pretty good about our changes, and we were able to. I was just trying to play it safe but be smart at the same time.”

“Now that we got that out of the way, maybe we’ll see a lot more of these wins in our near future. I think we’ve got a pretty good team this year. We’re building bigger and better.”

On Friday night, Weiss recorded the third fastest time in his qualifying group before capturing an 8-lap heat race victory. Earning the pole position for the $5,000-to-win A-Main, Ricky dropped two spots in the 30-lap affair to place third behind Chris Madden and Brandon Sheppard with Scott Bloomquist and Mike Marlar rounding out the Top-5.

For the final round of the Battle at the Border on Sunday, Weiss fell one spot short of a transfer position in his heat with a fifth-place finish. Grabbing the third and final transfer spot in his B-Main, Ricky locked into the 21st-starting position for the $15,000-to-win finale. Wheeling his way into the Top-5, Ricky Weiss advanced through the field 16 spots to place fifth behind Cade Dillard, Brandon Sheppard, Darrell Lanigan, and Scott Bloomquist.

With the first weekend of the schedule completed, Ricky is currently second in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.